Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
October is the official month for increasing awareness of and preventing Domestic Violence. I feel privileged to be working with two wonderful groups: Safe Passage locally, and National HOTLINE in San Francisco.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to San Francisco to speak at a pre-event for the National HOTLINE. I didn’t know that I was going to be the main speaker at the event. I was sharing stories with the guests, the CEO and the other officials of the HOTLINE when my name got called and I went to the front of the crowd and started speaking about my life, my magazine and my book. I didn’t realize how easy it is to speak, even in front of almost 100% new faces when my intentions are good and I am speaking from my heart. All I want to do is show by example that life after abuse can be amazing. I want to show others still living in abuse that they are not alone. Once they take the first step, resources do open up and we do find our way to freedom. That is the message I’m trying to share through my little handy-dandy book. This little book has everything from signs of abuse, to ways to get out of it.
After about fifteen minutes of sharing, I ended the talk on a positive note. “I know I deserve better and I will not accept less then that.” As people applauded, I went back into the crowd. After my speech, I was very touched to hear the host of the party tell her story of abuse and reveal that it was the first time she told her story in public. It is very empowering to tell our story, put the blame where it belongs and move forward free from the abuser and the abuse.
Last weekend, on Oct. 1st, I had the privilege to speak at the “Day of Unity” press conference for Safe Passage. What a wonderful way to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness month. It is an honor and pleasure to work with the CEO and founder of Safe Passage, Trish Steele. She and her husband are amazing people. They taught me how to pray with full faith again. I have met a lot of other wonderful women in the Safe Passage family. I started my fight against Domestic Violence in a group similar to Safe Passage when I was in Michigan. That is where I realized that I was living in abuse and that I need to get out. That was 8 years ago.
Now I live in Malibu, I have a positive magazine, Malibu Chronicle, and I have a book UNREPORTED that empowers you with the awareness and know-how if you want to end the cycle of abuse and live your own free life.
Let’s share the love, not the fear. There is life after abuse. And we deserve to live the life that we want to L.I.V.E.
L.I.V.E. represents the ideas and beliefs that sustain me and are vital to my happiness. I LOVE myself. I INSIST on freedom. I am not anyone’s VICTIM. I am EMPOWERED to live my life the way I like it.